The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable
AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.
AUGUST 14, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.
JULY 31, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The English country house has long inspired fascination; for early poets, though, it inspired its fair share of unease.
In movies and markets, real power lies with the unwashed masses
JULY 17, 2014 by ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS
The story behind Gone with the Wind has a lot more in common with Human Action than you'd probably expect.
JULY 03, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew exemplifies how people can reach intimate, private agreements about how they'll relate to one another.
JUNE 19, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The operettas of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur S. Sullivan should appeal to any Freeman reader and to all political skeptics.
JUNE 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Money doesn't work in the fairy-tale context for precisely the reasons that it does work in the real world.
Language—even profanity—evolves faster than it can be regulated
MAY 22, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Authorities in Michigan are trying to crack down on swearing; fortunately, language is too spontaneous and too open to innovation for this plan to work.
MAY 08, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Damon Runyon's stories, beyond their unforgettable characters and cadence, look at how regular people try to beat the odds in real life.